This describes the laying of setts in an unbound method using crushed granite bedding aggregate and jointing aggregate with limestone dust for the topping. No cement is used.
150mm of compacted DOT Type 1.This should be igneous material including an even mix of all sizes
In accordance with BS 7533 Part 7,
CED reference IR-60-LB
You may use the bedding aggregate providing it will fully fill the joints. Alternatively, if the joints are particularly narrow and need a finer aggregate, this may be ordered in accordance with BS 7533 Part 7, CED reference IR-30-LJ
A hard carboniferous limestone dust in accordance with BS 7533 Part 7, CED reference HL-20-LT (Note - the topping aggregate may be replaced with fine soil or loam)
To indicate levels to work to.
A little, low one-legged stool to sit on.
A designation of 40kN Energy (this is a powerful piece of equipment and needs to be so or it will not compact the finished work sufficiently)
Setts must be cropped on the sides. Sawn sides do not bind sufficiently with the jointing aggregate. The top surfaces of the setts may also be cropped or they may have a naturally flat or a sawn, then textured, surface. Ideally, but not necessarily in every case, the bottom should be rough or naturally flat rather than sawn.
There are so many possible options. For laying unbound, the optimum for long-lasting results in traffic conditions is to lay the setts in arcs. This spreads lateral loads over a wide area and avoids lines of weakness. If setts are to be laid in rows, they should always be laid with a staggered bond if there is vehicular traffic. Even in purely pedestrian areas this is sound advice to follow.
Setts laid in straight lines should never be laid in rows that are parallel to the traffic flow. It is unsatisfactory both visually and technically and, specifically, bad for bicycles. The setts may be laid in rows that are perpendicular to the traffic flow, which is traditional, but they may also be laid at 45� or even somewhere in between.
The definition for laying areas in arcs is more complex. One should think about the arcs as arches transferring the strain on the bridge down to the supports. On the road or driveway, repeated strain is usually through braking and acceleration. On the horizontal with modern vehicles, the forces resulting from braking are generally greater than from acceleration so, from the driver"s viewpoint, he should be driving towards the heads of the arcs. If there is a slope, the heads of the arcs should lead up the slope, just as in a bridge the head of an arch supports the load and so is uppermost. The steeper the slope, the more critical this is.
When laying setts in curves within an area of paving, for visual benefit the outside line of the curve needs to be laid tidily, the inside line is less important.
For driveways and access routes that are not very heavily used, a cube of 60/80mm or 70/90mm is ideal to lay in arcs. Both these sizes allow sufficient difference in size to fit the geometry. If larger sizes are to be laid in arcs, special management of the plan dimensions will be needed. This is also the case if the setts being used are very accurately produced to a square plan. To be suitable for vehicular traffic, it is expensive and difficult to lay setts as small as 50mm.
Laying in straight lines can be done with the same sizes but is more commonly done with 100mm cubes or rectangular setts 100x100x200mm. If reclaimed, rectangular British setts are to be used, these are commonly 150mm deep but the same principles apply. If the setts vary in width significantly, they should be sorted into bandwidths either before laying or as they are being laid. If sorting while being laid, lay 3 rows simultaneously - small, medium and large. If buying new cubes to lay in straight lines, some longer setts (same width x 1� length) should be used to start alternative rows to achieve a staggered bond with some elegance. Alternate rows of rectangular setts should be started with cubes or half setts.
Sub-base material, bedding aggregate and jointing aggregate, when compacted thoroughly, will all weigh 2 tonnes / m³. 1 tonne of sub-base will cover 3.3 square metres at 150mm thick, 1 tonne of bedding aggregate at 40mm thick will cover 12.5 square metres.
Jointing aggregate usage is more complex and affected very significantly by both joint width and sett size (and even sett shape). It is necessary to calculate the proportion of the total surface that is joints. If setts are 100x100mm and the joints are 10mm, this will be:
The volume in cubic metres of the jointing aggregate required is the total surface area (m²) x depth of setts (m) x 21/121. The weight is twice this number in tonnes.
Generally, when the joints are large enough for the bedding aggregate to be used as the jointing aggregate, add together the two quantities to arrive at the total requirement. If the joints are narrow, finer jointing material must be ordered separately but note that some of the joints will be filled by the bedding aggregate in the original sideways slewing motion used to place the setts.
The topping aggregate will be needed at 1 tonne per 200m² very approximately. (This is just a typical average and is affected by the percentage of the surface area that is joint)
Give thought before starting to the details of the laying including entrances, gullies, changes of laying direction and junctions. Make sure your plan will deal with these tidily. Often, these matters will determine where you should start and how the site should be set out.Remember that it is normally best to work consistently and with reasonably tight joints than to try to get the joints very tight. Consistency is a real virtue. It is better to plan the work so that the spacing of the rows can find its own optimum rather than be forced to fit in a fixed number of many rows per linear metre.
Any failure or disturbance of the surface needs immediate and thorough attention. This ensures that the structure does not suffer from cascade failure, where removal of one sett takes away the support from the next one.
Wherever setts can be laid unbound, without cement, this is how it should be done. It is cheaper, uses less of the world"s resources and has a very much lower carbon footprint. The setts can be lifted easily for underground cables or pipes and re-laid successfully and seamlessly afterwards - but this needs doing with the same attention, care and skill as the first laying. There is never going to be an issue with cleaning off surplus cement from the finished surface, it always looks good.
First timers, be patient. Take everything step by step and take care with the workmanship. Avoid having to redo your work. Speed comes later. Properly laid, this surface will be sound for a very long time indeed.
It is impossible to cover every eventuality in this guidance note, though we hope we have dealt with the majority. Do, please, ask about anything that is unclear or not covered and also about the availability of the materials you want in good time. Many are usually in stock, but not all.
BS 7533-7: 2002
Available from: The British Standards Institution, Tel: 020 8996 9001
The Porphyry Manual 1998
Available from: CED Ltd at a subsidised cost of £20.00 (collected), or £24.50 if posted to a UK destination.
All the photographs and drawings included here have been taken from The Porphyry Manual, a wonderful exposition of what can be achieved with Italian Porphyry. Much of the information can be applied to other materials and it is a most useful work. Even though the translation is not perfect and care must be taken as a result, we have found it to be such a help to clients.
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